When I try to find content in a Microsoft Word 2010 document (using CTRL+F), the CTRL+PAGE UP and the CTRL+PAGE DOWN keyboard shortcuts do not seem to work as in earlier versions of Word.

The microsoft kb 983049 suggests 4 workarounds, which all include clicking with the mouse:

  • Close the Navigation pane.
  • Use the mouse, and then click somewhere in the body of the Word document.
  • Click the down-arrow next to Find in the Editing group on the Home tab, click Advanced Find, and then click Cancel.
  • In the Navigation pane, click the Find Options and additional search commands down-arrow, click Advanced Find, and then click Cancel.

Question: How can I still use CTRL+PAGE UP and CTRL+PAGE DOWN without using the mouse, and keeping my hands on the keyboard.


Use the classic Find and Replace dialogue box (CTRL+H) instead of the Navigation pane.

Type the string right after you hit CTRL+H and press Enter and Esc. Word now has retuned to the document and highlighted an instance of the string which is also stored for quick search. Therefore, you can use CTRL+PgUP and CTRL+PgDn.

  • Ah, good alternative. A tiny downside is that you don't have the advantage of the navigation pane showing where the strings where found (if that's what you care about) – Rabarberski Feb 18 '16 at 7:32
  • I've never liked the Navigation pane because it was designed for mouse users, so I don't know what advantage it provides :) Always using the classic Find and Replace – Sanny Feb 18 '16 at 10:17

If you use SHIFT+F6 (or 3 times F6), you switch to the document (instead of the find/navigation pane) and then you can use CTRL+PAGE UP and CTRL+PAGE DOWN.

So the sequence becomes:

  1. CTRL+F
  2. Type text to search
  3. SHIFT+F6
  4. Now you can use CTRL+PAGE UP and CTRL+PAGE DOWN

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